A feast of treats at the Eigse festival

THE Eigse festival will be taking place in Carlow this June and organisers have a toast of tasty treats for music and art lovers. One very interesting aspect of the festival is ‘Everything can be done, in principle’.

THE Eigse festival will be taking place in Carlow this June and organisers have a toast of tasty treats for music and art lovers. One very interesting aspect of the festival is ‘Everything can be done, in principle’.

A collaboration between Visual, Carlow Local Authorities and the Éigse Carlow Arts Festival, ‘Everything can be done, in principle’ will bring to Carlow a visual art installation of such spectacle and scale that it will nourish the imaginations of all those who choose to engage with it.

In an invitation to inhabit a story from 122 years ago of the Cattlemen’s invasion of Wyoming, Brian Duggan’s ‘Everything can be done, in principle’ evokes Heaven’s Gate (a film made by Michael Cimino in 1980) through place, costume and activity - transporting Visual Carlow visitors into a timber and canvas barn at America’s 19th century mid western frontier.

Duggan asks the participant to experience the art - the rollerskate within the installation, to imagine the happiness of a community of immigrants fraught with difficulties in their new lives, but able to shake off the dirt and corruption in this heavenly place of elegance and exuberance. Entry to the installation and art exhibition ‘Civilising the Wilderness’ is free but people are advised to check out the Éigse Events brochure for opening times to the public.

Inside Brian Duggans timber barn installation at Visual Art Gallery, acclaimed choreographer Michael Keegan Dolan and musician Liam O Maonlai embark on a performance of their beautiful and evocative masterpiece Rian. Eight dancers and five musicians unite with Keegan Dolan and O Maonlai to create an expressive cultural hybrid of writhing twisting, fairy-like dance accompanying beautiful traditional Irish music. Numbers are strictly limited for this performance. This show takes place on Sunday June 17 at 9pm and tickets priced at €20 are available now.

Elsewhere for the festival, Paul brady will be performing in The Tower on Friday June 15 at 8pm. Renowned for ‘The Island’, Brady plays his first Carlow gig in over 10 years at the Tower. The gig will see Paul drawing on new material from latest album ‘Hooba Dooba’ and old favourites for a 300-ticket seated concert. For more check out the Eigse website.